Chainmaille Boot Camp: Part II

Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day class to get grounded in chainmail basics. In addition to basic chainmail information you will learn how to make key chainmail weaves that represent 3 of the main families of weaves: Japanese, European, and Persian. Part 1 We will answer questions about tools; wire and jump rings; and lighting and magnification. You will receive handouts (if you don’t already have them) about these topics for further reference. Quality workmanship will be demonstrated and encouraged. Tools: Buying pliers: how to choose, what to consider when you are choosing pliers to buy An opportunity to try …

Orc Weave Bracelet

Course outline: Orcs are creatures from fantasy fiction – but this openwork bracelet is fantastic to behold and wear. I have a solution to the challenge of building and controlling each unit as you link them together. Two metals are available; please indicate your kit choice at the time of registration. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 main sizes of jump rings, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. $85 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $35 …

Back to Work Chainmaille Bracelet

Course outline: Are you looking for something feminine? Lacy? This is it! Short lengths of an openwork weave are connected to small, hammered links and combined into a most delightful bracelet. Choose from 3 metals; please choose your kit at the time of registration. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, hammered connector rings, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9″ bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. $59 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $30 plus HST for Faux …

Happy New Year!

When September rolls around, it is like a brand new year! School starts again with students going into a new grade. Routines get back in place and we make ‘Fall’ resolutions, like ‘We’re going to paint the living room in time for the holidays’, or, I’m going to enroll in new jewellery classes this fall’. BeadFX classes have geared up to include new projects with established instructors as well as opportunities with new teachers. If you had a chance to drop by BeadFX on September 7, you would have seen the new class offerings and met the terrific people presenting …

Chainmaille Boot Camp

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a comprehensive full-day class to get grounded in chainmaille basics. In addition to basic chainmaille information you will learn how to make key chainmaille weaves that represent three of the main families of weaves: Japanese, European, and Spiral. Note: In addition to the kit fee of $20 (see details below), you will also need to purchase a kit of your choice for a project. Part 1: We will talk about tools; wire and jump rings; and lighting and magnification. You will receive handouts about these topics that include a list of print and internet …

Cool off Creatively during the Dog Days of Summer

We’re in the midst of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ – traditionally the hottest part of the season. The origin of the saying doesn’t actually refer to our canine friends but to the placement of the Sun in the in the canine constellation of Sirius. Your trivial tidbit for the day! The air conditioning has been working at full speed at BeadFX as we’ve had a couple of scorching heat waves in Toronto. The comfort adds a benefit to taking a class! Our mid to late-August classes feature new classes as well as encore projects – just in case they …

Fire Wyrm Bracelet

Course outline: I love wearing this bangle-like bracelet, and it attracts love and admiration wherever it travels. It is a variation of the Full Persian weave, and is named after a mythical creature connected to battles, dragons and fire. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: $67 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $39 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze & Silver Filled Bracelet kit $37 plus HST for Black & Silver Filled Bracelet kit The bracelet kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 main sizes of jump rings, and a coordinating clasps. Makes up to a …

Byzantine Pendant and Earrings

Course outline: Make an exquisite, keepsake pendant while learning the classic Byzantine chain mail weave. Add matching earrings with Swarovski briolettes. Includes 16-18 metal mesh neck chain. Choose from 3 metals. Kit fees, payable to the instructor the day of the class: $66 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $31 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit $28 plus HST for Copper Bracelet kit The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, jump rings, adjustable, metal mesh choker chain; earwires; and Swarovski crystal briolettes. Makes a pendant and one pair of earrings. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are …

Foxtail (Full Persian) Bracelet

Course outline: So sophisticated! This classic chain is round and flexible. The texture is highlighted with a hammered clasp. Full Persian is a building block for several advanced level weaves, e.g. Candy Cane Cord. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kits includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating, hammered clasp. Makes up to a 9″ bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished $44 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $36 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit Skill …

Staggered Byzantine Bracelet

Course outline: This is the most impressive new bracelet I’ve made since Dragonscale. It expands and contracts like an accordion and feels so good on my wrist! I love this unadorned version, but I can also see a version with beads added in the middle openings or even drop beads along the outer edges. Can you spot the Byzantine building blocks? Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating slider or toggle clasp. …